Capitals make zero progress toward playoffs in loss to Flyers

Ovechkin and linemates Brouwer and Marcus Johansson didn’t take another shift for over six minutes, but the captain and his coach both vehemently denied this was a benching of the superstar.

“Guys, it’s not a benching. It was, maybe he missed a shift,” Hunter said. “Guys, I was matching lines. So he played and he played a lot in the third and he had his chances and the goalie stood tall.”

It didn’t mean much that the Caps put together a much better showing than in a 5-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Friday night. This was progress in the sense that they played better, but it wasn’t much progress toward the goal of making the playoffs.

“We obviously don’t want to lose at any time, but especially this time of year, when you’re fighting for spots and they’re up for grabs,” forward Joel Ward said. “There’s really no excuses, really. We just want to win and we’re just not getting it done.”

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